Laundry Room Lighting: From Lampshade to Pendant Light

It all started with this post about the laundry room makeover. I haven’t changed my mind about the makeover, I love it, but there are a few things I want to update now that I’ve had a chance to use the space a little more.

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At first, I thought I wanted to bring this chandelier back to life until I started counting how many crystals it would take to actually make that happen. I loaded everything I needed in my virtual shopping cart but ultimately I just couldn’t press the buy button. I can be very practical and there are a few things I’m saving up for that I would rather have.

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I found this lampshade at Salvage Sisters in Yulee. It was in one of the sheds on the back of the property. This is a place you really have to pick through to find the good stuff. I love how this light has a vintage appeal and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for the laundry room. Full disclosure we are not trained electricians or contractors. This post is not meant to be an all-inclusive. This is a post regarding our personal experience only. Use all necessary safety precautions and get professional advice before you try this project on your own.

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This is the light we have now. It is a typical ceiling mount light.

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We bought a lamp hanging kit at a local home improvement store.

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I used painters tape to tape the wires so they would not be spray-painted.

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I purchased high heat spray paint to paint the metal part of the kit black. Both items can be found at local home improvement stores. I allowed several hours of drying time.

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We attached the kit parts to the lampshade as per the directions on the lamp hanging kit.

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After turning off the power to the entire laundry room !Safety first! we took down the ceiling mounted light. Ask for help with this step if you are not a trained professional electrician or contractor.

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Because we needed to cover the hole in the ceiling and our lampshade pendant did not come with a cover, we bought a cover at a home improvement store.

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We followed the instructions listed on the back of the cover. This is another step to ask for help if you are not a trained electrician or contractor.

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Once the lampshade pendant had been wired and secured, we screwed in the new Edison light bulb.

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And returned the power back to the laundry room.

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As soon as we turned on the light, I was excited. It adds a little bit of vintage funk to the room and I love it! I gave the folding station a little distressing and now I’m off to shop for a few accessories.

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Many blessings,

CoCo